K. Lorrel Manning is a writer, director, actor and musician who currently resides in New York City. His first feature film HAPPY NEW YEAR, based on his critically-acclaimed play (which originated at the Barrow Group) and award-winning short film of the same name, had its World Premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and has screened at over 16 film festivals since, winning a slew of awards, including the Directorial Discovery Award at the 2011 Rhode Island International Film Festival. The National Board of Review called HAPPY NEW YEAR, “an important, emotionally devastating drama, with echoes of Zinnemann’s THE MEN (1950), Forman’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975) and Ashby’s COMING HOME (1978).” The film will be released theatrically in Summer/Fall 2012.
Manning’s additional works include A&J Rule the Universe (Off-Broadway, 2006) and Wool (New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship). His other plays have been developed at theatres throughout New York City, including the Roundabout, Rattlestick and the Barrow Group.He holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University. He is the lead singer of the politically-charged rock band La Res (www.vivelares.com) and has just started work on his next film project, RED HOUSE.